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Monday, May 31, 2010

A Dull Girl


Do you every get tired of yourself? That's what drove me into the studio today with the box cutter to do some cardboard box therapy and clean up a rat hole of empty boxes. After a few hours of slashing and trashing I felt much better. But I have been a dull girl for the last week.


I did the painting on canvas in acrylic of the peach tree. My peach tree is right outside my studio where I can watch the peaches fatten up day by day. Peach ice cream. Peach cobbler. Peaches!!


The painting went on for days; it was like that book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" only it was about the painting that went on forever.


Or maybe it was me. It's been two years since I've done a large (24x30") painting on canvas. Maybe I have to work through some stuff before I get my chops back.


Anyway I'm calling it done and have set it aside. It kept me busy and distracted which was a good thing.


I like the part about the peach angels. They are up there right now sorting through the bins to bring me some really good ones. They always do.


Plus I got to paint a face. I like painting faces. I noticed that most of the paintings I own are of faces. Faces and abstracts for the most part. Predominantly faces though.


The voice is soft and legible for about 500 words and then it poops out on me. Voice therapy next. Shellie predicted that by this fall I will be back in full sail. I'm holding onto that. In the meantime I made 2 phone calls yesterday and didn't do bad. The swelling is subsiding day by day. I'm practically good to go. xo

54 comments:

Pamela Holderman said...

Love the peach angels - I am sure they exist! Her face is beautiful too.

Snap said...

YeeHaw ... such good news about your voice. Love the peach angel and I sure believe in them ... and delicious peaches!

Meri said...

How lovely to be able to use only the most precious words to use up your quota of 500 each day. "I love you" would rank right at the top.

Kim Mailhot said...

Your voice is returning !!!! I am so very glad to hear it! Fall is not far - you take it easy now and make that happen, Beautiful Judy - your voice is too precious to this world not to get stronger and stronger.
Oh those peach angels ! I love them ! How lucky the Beauty in your painting is to have them hovering around her. The piece is amazing - it reminds me of those old Russian icons made new again with the Judy-fication !
Sending you big love, my sweet Friend.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I am overjoyed to know that you are getting better, and overjoyed to have seen the BEAUTIFUL painting.

Thank you!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island AND a beautiful Iowa farm

Janine said...

Wow! These are wonderful...I love the colors!

Beth said...

I can hear you way over here in Montreal, Judy! Your voice is huge and powerful! And those peaches are good medicine. Wishing you lots of patience and continued healing. This is great news.

risa said...

Hip hip hooray to hear that your health is improving. Slow and steady...and thank you so much for sharing the painting...especially the progression from start to finish. As I paint away it's good to remember that painting is a process...and sometimes there are many changes before you're done! I too am captivated with painting faces...don't know why, but I can't stop!

Paula McNamee said...

Glad to hear you're healing and have your voice back! Great news and it's neat to see you back in your studio. Keep dreaming- love the peach angels. Sending lots of love, Paula

Donna Heart said...

judy - i simply cant stop going back and looking at that face - it's really beautiful. I love her lips, and the shading - tones... It just all works - and she really does have a 'peaches and cream' complex ;)So glad to hear you're on the mend, so glad.

PaperPumpkin said...

Aah, fresh peaches from the Peach Angels will certainly soothe your throat. Beautiful painting.

Lynn said...

Beautiful painting Judy...glad you had the energy to do this. I see the angels as all the positive enities filling you up with love and healing.

Ro Bruhn said...

So, so glad you're on the mend Judy. They call my daughter 'have a chat', I hope she never has to go through what you have, she wouldn't cope.
The peaches look luscious as does the painting, you certainly haven't lost your touch in that department.

Scintilla said...

you are always with us...in spirit, drinking wine....painting...in love....xoxoxo

misty said...

you are here and we are there. cheers darling. xoxooxox

kluless said...

So good to have you back - you have been missed. I adore the painting and I am so so SO happy to hear that you have a little peach seed voice that you will nurture and it will grow strong and sweet. Hang in there girl!

stregata said...

That face is so beautiful, it has made me cry...

linda said...

Wow, your journal pages are beautiful and so precious...I love how it's like a scrapbook, diary and writing journal all in one...very cool! Your painting is beautiful as well...love it all and thanks for sharing :)

dosfishes said...

Your real voice never left, it is always so clear and melifluous in your work. Peach angels indeed, you have the best peaches in the world out there, must be
the high concentration of artists bringing in all those angels. So glad you are healing and please keep painting faces, I love your faces....xoxCorrine

lyle baxter said...

I always knew there was something that made some peaches extra good. must be the angels. glad to "hear" that you are no longer speechless. keep up the good work

rebecca said...

you are the peach angel...
sorting things out and choosing just the sweetest, must meaningful nectar laden fruits in life.

you are the nectar.
the sunbright meeting of air, water,miracles and wonder where flowers willingly become wondrous gifts to nourish souls.

xoxoxoxoxoxo,
rebecca

Patty said...

The face on the peach painting has
a life behind it. Maybe I ought to
keep silent for awhile...it certainly
isn't hurting your creative ability!
Peach salsa..yum!

femminismo said...

The peach angels are adorable. It is a miracle, isn't it, that we are given these bountiful trees to produce these juicy beauties. First flowers, leaves, little hard nodules at the end of stems and then they grow fat and ripe just for our pies and cobblers! I love faces too. I appreciate landscapes, but faces are what it's all about to me.

paperbird said...

beautiful art judy wise- you are amazing. i hope you are well :)

gina armfield said...

I love the peach angel - so delightful - you handle yourself with such grace in the midst of all you are going thorough and it shows in your work! sending light and well wishes

Jill said...

I always love to see your art work especially when it involveas a face. Have you seen Hans Silvester's photographs of the Omo people of Ethiopia who paint their faces and use flowers and foliage like jewellery? I was looking through some photographs today and thought of your work.
Pleased to read of your recovery.

peggy mcdevitt said...

May those 500 hundred words tripple then keep on going. Your so wonderful Judy, pure and honest. Love your peach girl, keep working through your cross in the road. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Madonna with peach tree halo. Lovely. Glad you're on the mend. "That" voice may have been on hiatus, but your essential voice is loud and clear, in your words and art.
Margaret

Jennifer White said...

In case I haven't said it before..there are so many of your journal that I want to jump in to the picture, your words, the color. I wonder if that's possible, maybe in my dreams? You always bring a smile to my face...so happy you're on the mend...xo

The Dreaming Bear said...

Love those peaches!!! Gorgeous! Keep on keepin' on!!!

Susan Tuttle said...

you dull? -- never! Sending you healing thoughts:)

xo

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

i frequently get tired of myself (and that's with no surgery whatsoevah!). i am happy for you that your voice is returning. i probably said this to you before but i daily said to myself, it won't be like this forever, it won't be like this forever. my mantra at times of discouraging muddles. but your peach painting certainly does not discourage! it inspires me. it has been so incredibly long since i have painted anything other than my toes that i can hardly remember such joy. so thank you for sharing your beautiful creation.

liz elayne lamoreux said...

you are in my heart dear girl. so glad you have those 500 words. yes.
much love to you...

and i love the painting...the angels...and now i want peaches (of course i do).

xoxo

mary lawrence said...

so glad to hear you are on the mend. your voice will surely and gradually get stronger. I love the peach painting - the colors are so soft yet vibrant and the face just radiant. hoping to share a glass of wine with you at SAW in Sep.
xoxo
mary

lilasvb said...

i enjoyed to follow the process of your art and the details. like your angel

And so it goes... said...

As painting is a process, so is regaining your voice. The peaches on the tree get fatter, your voice will get stronger. Judy Wise a dull girl??? Can't even imagine that in my wildest dreams! A dull Judy is more fascinating than most of us mere mortals on our brightest day!
debbie

Leslie said...

There is nothing dull about you Ms Judy.

I love peaches. They are my favorite fruit. Yes. Peaches and ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie . . . Lucky you!

Love your painting too, and your journal pages are always inspiring.

I'm glad that your voice is returning.

xo

mwquilt said...

love the peaches. Hope your voice will get a little better every day :-)

Laura said...

XO

Michele said...

So so glad to hear you have a little voice back that's awesome news!! Love your pretty peach angel too!

4roomsandthemoon said...

Hi Judy, You visited my blog a couple of months ago and your comments were so helpful to me - I was in a terrible fugue at the time and you understood what it was really about and it gave me such a good spark to get up and do just do one thing! and your compliments were the one secret thing I really needed to hear from someone who didn't actually know me but thought I had value as an artist! So anyway - I just wanted to say thank you so much. The one thing I managed to finish was a college called "Selene, The Moon," which has significance for me, and for this whole past year of my life. I love your blog - I had a hard time finding it but so glad I perservered - I love the peach angels - they are so giving and beautiful.
Olivia

aimee said...

i am thrilled to hear your voice is coming back! dull girl, humph! i see nothing of the sort here - just beautiful, vibrant, colorful life.

on the subject of getting tired of oneself, however, that's my theory on the need for sleep - i'm not sure i could be around myself for 24 hours without going batty! i need a break from myself...

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Ahh peaches! Best wishes to you.
Love love love your art!


happy day!

the GyPsY said...

Absolutely love the peaches, the tree, the angels, the woman, the idea, the whole thing. Wonderful. Wishing you a peachy weekend - juicy, succulent, flavorful and bright!

Toni said...

Bravo Judy! Onward Ho!

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Hello Judy!
Sharon Lovejoy suggested I pop over and see you and I'm so glad I did! I had the pleasure of seeing your work first hand in a gallery in Lincoln,City Oregon a couple of years ago and I loved it! I'm an artist too. I enjoy the decorative arts and love to hand paint furniture and other things too!
Stop by and see me sometime when you have a minute and happy continued recovery!
Deb~

Carol B. said...

I love your journal work, but boy, do I love your canvas paintings! I hope you do more. Meanwhile, I am so happy to hear that you are doing better and getting stronger. Continued Blessings to you!

Diana said...

Oh, Judy...so wonderful to read that you are seeing progress in your healing. Your journal pages and peach angel painting are glorious. You are such an inspiration in sharing the importance of focusing on the beauty in our lives despite challenges. Take care of your sweet self.
Hugs
Diana

Joy Logan said...

I am still trying to read all you write in your journals dag nabbit Judy publish them please in large text LOL.

Marit said...

I'm too busy to visit your blog on a regular base right now (or any other blogs for that matter....) but I wanted you to know that someone made me the biggest compliment last week.... "Your art journal pages remind me of Judy Wise's..." OH WOW!!!! She noticed that YOU are my biggest inspiration!!! AND she knows you... just wanted to share.
Glad you have a bit of a voice back... 500 words is quite a lot! LOVE your peach painting!!

Chris said...

Judy, you make me smile so much. Don't you love immersing yourself and letting the painting go on and on? It's so great to hear that you continue to get better.

I know what you mean about getting weary of onesself. I sometimes notice it's when I have been thinking too much, trying to adjust or change something or figure something out about me. And then I just get so bored with me. Sometimes doing something like painting angels until they are done is the perfect elixer.

rock on!

Jill K. Berry said...

Thinking of you every day, sending sound and words your way.

Malwina said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and wow, your artwork is beautiful! All the best...

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

What a beautiful painting Judy. I love the angels bringing you lovely peaches... the whole idea is fabulous. I am just getting into your blog ~ thanks for adding your link into the Artist Blog Hop, now I can see your lovely art and connect with you. I hope your voice heals up soon. Hugs to you.